Lately, my colleagues in New York have been complaining about the unrelenting heatwave that has swept across the East Coast. Although temperatures are much cooler in London, I too have been feeling the summer heat, and it’s got me thinking about summer watches. This brings me to the new Panerai Watch 44mm Replica Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm (PAM 655), maybe this year’s coolest new summer wrist wear.
This is the first Radiomir 1940 to feature a white dial.
Introduced earlier this year, the PAM 655 is the very first Radiomir 1940 to feature a white dial. There have been other white-dialed Panerai Watch Thailand Replica watches, but never one with this silhouette. This is the biggest change to the Radiomir 1940 since the switch from manually-wound to automatic movements back in 2014. At the same time, the standard size for the family increased to 45mm, though this was not a direct result of the movement swap (the new movements are actually very thin – more on that later). There is now a healthy mix of sizes, ranging from the 42mm we have here up to 48mm for some of the more specialized pieces. And, no, the white dial isn’t replacing the classic black dial – it’s just another option.
Both the strap and lume give a little faux-vintage style.
Other than this color differences, the layout of the Radiomir 1940 remains otherwise unchanged. Large Arabic numerals punctuate the dial except for the space at 9 o’clock, which is reserved for a small seconds display. In this version, the hands have been filled with lume the distinct color of faux-patina, as have the small dots marking the hours. It’s worth noting that the white dial is not a sandwich dial – the numerals are black and are printed right on the white base. Altogether, the watch looks a little lighter and jauntier than its black-dialed brethren. It’s also more legible and easier to read at a quick glance due to the higher contrast.
On the wrist, the 42mm stainless steel case is predictably comfortable. I’ve never given much thought to the size of Radiomir 1940 watches – even the larger models – because I have quite large wrists. Panerai Watches Houston Tx Replica has also been honing their cushion-shaped case since the 1930s (initially with the help of Rolex, of course) which probably doesn’t hurt. That said, I’ve been desperately waiting for Panerai to make the Radiomir 1940 slimmer, and luckily the new models come in at just under 11mm tick. The case shape itself has not changed much, the lugs are still straight, and all angles have been fully polished, but the overall proportions feel a lot more natural than before.
The P.4000 caliber is automatic and very slim – plus it’s made in-house by Panerai.
Powering the watch is Panerai’s P.4000 caliber. This manufacture movement was the first automatic caliber fitted inside a Radiomir 1940. It was also the company’s first movement with a decentralized oscillating weight, allowing it to clock in at just 3.95mm thick. It still provides great shock resistance thanks to a balance bridge securing the balance at two points and it delivers 72 hours of power reserve (three full days). The finishing is minimal, which isn’t entirely shocking on a sport watch like this. The mainplate is lightly brushed, while the tungsten rotor is engraved. Oh yeah, and it’s water resistant to 100 meters (obviously).
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm is priced at $10,000 and comes with a distressed leather strap which echoes the lume on the dial.
You can get a good look at the P.4000’s spartan finish through the sapphire caseback.
Thus, what about the watch that’s the car for this discussion? Blue dials always look like a good choice for limited editions due to the fact that they seem a little unique and are a less conservative option compared to, say, black. The Panerai Watches On Amazon Replica Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio PAM731 (PAM00731) has a blue dial but is otherwise more or less like the black-dialed PAM01024. It delivers the time using a sub-seconds at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock that has a “cyclops” magnifier over it on the sapphire crystal. Skeletonized hour and minute hands are familiar for Luminor Submersible watches, and Super-LumiNova, even for the seconds hand and its own indices, is sufficient for a dive watch. It includes a black caoutchouc (natural rubber) strap in addition to with an additional canvas strap plus strap-changing tool.While it feels like merely a careful experiment at this stage, this “E-Commerce Micro-Edition” watch is hopefully a symptom of a higher overall transition for the watch business that we have been advocating for quite a while. It’s a step in the right direction, but far more competitive action is still needed. The Panerai Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio PAM731 watch itself includes a cost of $7,200, but with currently no “Buy” button on the site, and only alternatives like “notify me when available” and “add to wishlist,” it appears that all 100 might have already sold out.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm; Case: Radiomir 1940, 42 x 11mm, cushion-shaped, stainless steel, fully polished; Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds off-center. Movement: manufacture made, caliber P.4000, fully automatic, 3.95mm thin, beating at 4Hz, 70-hour power reserve. Strap: natural leather.
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